Do you write down your long-term goals? Productivity gurus recommend separating our to-do lists into daily tasks, mid-range projects and long-term objectives (think: operational, tactical and strategic) and we all know writing down our goals keeps us focused, organized and accountable. But did you know it can also make you feel more optimistic?
In her book The How of Happiness, Sonja Lyubomirsky explains how recording our dreams in a “Best Possible Selves” diary can help us feel more positive and improve both our mental and physical well-being. Writing down our vision of ourselves in 5 or 10 years helps us define our values and our identity. You get a happiness boost from anticipation, and having a mental image of yourself living your best life helps you stay optimistic about the future.
Other ideas on managing your long-term goals:
- Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours, explores The Dream List.
- Betty Means Business clarifies her vision with the Business Blueprint.
- Pinterest is a great tool for organizing a wishlist. Why not use it for a Best Self list?
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